BOOK REVIEW | Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again . . . Cindy Woodsmall is not afraid to tackle the toughest subjects!

I cannot even begin to imagine . . . first how difficult this story must have been to research, second how difficult it would have been to write.

I am simply in awe of the talent God has clearly blessed Cindy Woodsmall with!

I don’t know about anyone else here, but I deeply enjoyed the recent drama; Switched at Birth . . . at least I did – until they started dragging it through the mud.

The very idea of two girls who were switched at birth is an exceptional opportunity to explore human nature and its effects on such a unique situation.

Cindy’s story has all of that – and with a twist that no one could possibly expect! And, even though she does deal with some troubling issues among her characters, Cindy does so without dragging her characters through the muck – which is one thing you simply won’t find in many novels dealing with such harsh realities!

Review © JCMorrows 2016


A bit more about “Fraying at the Edge”:

“Family, community, faith, and love. These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.

When they are pulled to pieces, will anything familiar remain? The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother, and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can help steady Ariana’s tilting ground between the two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?

At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life–no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.

New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they pray for the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?

Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series”



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